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Archispeak : an illustrated guide to architectural design terms

Author: Tom Porter
Publisher: New York, NY : Spon Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Widely used in architectural circles in the heat of discussion, the recurrent use of particular words and terms has evolved a language of design jargon. Commonly found in architectural literature and journalism, in critical design debate and especially in student project reviews, archispeak can seem insular and perplexing to others and - particularly to the new architectural student - often incomprehensible."  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Terminology
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Porter
ISBN: 0415300118 9780415300117 0415300126 9780415300124
OCLC Number: 123339639
Description: xvii, 218 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface. Introduction. Archispeak. Further Reading.
Responsibility: Tom Porter.

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Tom Porter aims to demystify 'archispeak', the specialised jargon employed by architects in their work. This volume offers definition and elucidation of over 300 terms.  Read more...

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'This pocket-sized book is exactly what you need to at least bluff your way through, or even have the confidence to drop in some well-chosen jargon to impress an audience as required.' - Paul Harron, Read more...

 
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